Chrysanthemum Flower – THE flower that calms, cools and clears.
Chrysanthemum Flower (Chrysanthemum morifolium) is used as a tonic herb and
consumed as a tea to nourish the Yin and as an herb to remove wind and heat
(inflammation) from various areas of the body. For thousands of years it has been used
in China as a wonderful remedy for a healthy life, and is considered by many to be a
“longevity herb” because of its excellent, safe and gentle anti-inflammatory actions.
Today, it continues to be one of the most commonly consumed herbs in Asia, consumed
by millions of people every day as a delicious, satisfying health beverage that addresses
many health issues that people face every day. Chrysanthemum is classified as a
surface-relieving herb with yin-nourishing properties. As a safe, delicious, time-tested
“cooling herb” that disperses excess “heat” in the surface of the body, it has a thousand
According to traditional Chinese herbal theory, its functions include nourishing Yin,
dispersing ascending Yang, dispersing wind and heat (especially from the face, head and
upper body), brightening the eyes, relieving dry eyes (with or without tearing), relieving
headaches, calming the liver and clearing liver heat. Chrysanthemum Flower is
renowned for clearing the skin.
It is most famous and widely used to improve vision and clear heat from the eyes.
Chrysanthemum Flower may help improve vision, and is used for a wide range of
everyday eye problems such as eye strain, soreness and redness. Chrysanthemum
Flower both nourishes the eyes and clears heat from the eyes. It is very widely used by
those who tend to experience dry eyes, dry eyes with tearing or redness due to irritation
by dust, wind, heat and allergies.
Chrysanthemum is also used in Asia to clear the mind. Consuming a
relaxing cup of Chrysanthemum tea at bedtime is believed to improve
one’s memory. For mental workers and students, it can help prevent or
relieve migraines and headaches caused by too much thinking,
reading, stress and computer work. Consumed during the day or in the
evening, it helps relieve stress and tension.
For conditions that involve heat and inflammation, you may consult with
your doctor or certified herbalist for other specific uses of this tea.
Most botanicals are woody and fibrous. The woody fiber (cell walls)
generally makes most botanicals difficult to digest. Thousands of years
ago, humans discovered that cooking, making teas, decoctions and soups
with water and/or alcohol improved the potency and efficacy of the
foods, beverages, tonics and medicines they consumed.
When a botanical is boiled in water or extracted in alcohol or other
solvent, the constituents of the botanical are released from the fiber
contains them and are dissolved into the liquid medium. The resulting
“tea,” or paste is highly assimilable. Also, it is much easier to
because the material has been “reduced” to a much smaller volume and yet
the potency is higher. Without the extraction, the body would
have to do a digestive “extraction” of the materials bound to the fiber,
adding much stress to our GI tract. Since we do not have the digestive
tract of a ruminate, this “extraction” method is not very effective, nor
is it efficient.
Of course, the technology back then was primitive, relying on simple stove boiling to break down cell
walls. Amazingly, extraction technology has not changed much even during the industrial-scientific
era - it is just performed on a much larger scale. We still rely on the application of heat to a tank of
solvents such as water or alcohol for several hours until the constituents of the raw herbs have been
released into the hot solvents.
However, the traditional heated extraction has its downsides besides its benefits.
- It is not suitable for extracting heat sensitive substances such as protein, amino acids,
essential oils and enzymes.
- Starch and saccharides of low molecular weight can gelatinize and become cohesive under
heat, preventing the effective release and extraction of active ingredients.
- Substances with no or few pharmacological effects can be released simultaneously.
- The heated process accelerates the oxidation process.
- It can result in polymerization and decomposition of active constituents.
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How does the FITT™ process work?
FITT™ is a proprietary process that utilizes mechanical forces to break
the raw materials down to micron level. The materials are “shaken”
loose at tremendous speed, resulting in instantaneous extraction of both
water-soluble and alcohol-soluble components from the raw
material into the solvent. The entire process is performed at a low to
moderate temperature that never exceeds 40°C (104° F), thus
eliminating the drawbacks of a heated extraction.